Frank Gohlke

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Frank Gohlke
Born 1942
Wichita Falls, TX
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Frank Gohlke, born in 1942 in Texas, is an American landscape photographer. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.[citation needed] Known for his large format landscape photographs, Gohlke's work has been shown at various museums and included in various museum collections.

Gohlke’s geographical range includes central France, the American South and Midwest, New England and Mount St. Helens after a volcanic eruption.

Life and work[edit]

Gohlke received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in English Literature. At Yale University, where he received his MA in English in 1966, Gohlke met Walker Evans and then studied privately with Paul Caponigro. Gohlke’s photographs came to notice in the influential 1975 group exhibition New Topographics: Images of a Man-Altered Landscape at the International Museum of Photography and Film, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

He has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the universities of Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

A mid-career retrospective of his work was organized by the Amon Carter Museum (September 22, 2007 – January 6, 2008). An accompanying catalogue includes essays by Gohlke, Rebecca Solnit and John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs.

Gohlke currently teaches photography at University of Arizona College of Fine Arts.[1]

Selected one- and two-person exhibitions[edit]

  • Art Institute of Chicago (with Edward Ranney) 1974
  • Light Gallery, New York, NY 1975,1978,1981,1982
  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Ft. Worth, TX 1975
  • "Grain Elevators," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (MoMA) (traveled through 1980) 1978
  • University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1980
  • Film in the Cities Gallery, St. Paul, MN 1981,1983,1985,1987
  • "Mt. St. Helens: Work in Progress," MoMA, New York, NY 1983
  • Daniel Wolf Gallery, New York, NY 1983,1986
  • "Landscapes from the Middle of the World: Photographs 1972-1987," Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (traveled through 1991) 1988
  • "Two Days in Louisiana," (with Gregory Conniff), Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI 1989
  • Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NYC 1992
  • "Living Water: Photographs of the Sudbury River by Frank Gohlke," DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts 1993
  • "Mt. St. Helens as a Public Landscape," Gallery of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 1993
  • pArts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (Sudbury River) 1994
  • Florida International University, Miami (Mt. St. Helens) 1994
  • "Conversations in the Park," Reggio Emilia, Italy 1995
  • "On Edge: Landscapes 1972-1990," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC 1995
  • Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon (Sudbury River) 1997
  • “Making Waves: The Sudbury River," New England Science Center, Worcester, Massachusetts 1997
  • “The Intimate and the Infinite: Waterscapes by Frank Gohlke and Stuart Klipper,” Dorsky Gallery, NYC 1999
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York 2005
  • “Mount St. Helens, Photographs by Frank Gohlke,” Museum of Modern Art, New York 2005

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • "New Topographics," International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 1975
  • "Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960," MoMA (see Bibliography) 1978
  • "Photographers of the 70's," Art Institute of Chicago 1979
  • "American Photographers," traveling exhibition sponsored by the Bell System (catalogue) 1979-1980
  • "American Landscapes," MoMA (catalogue) 1981
  • "Photography: A Sense of Order," Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1981
  • "An Open Land: Photographs of the Midwest 1852-1982," Art Institute of Chicago (traveling exhibition with catalogue) 1983
  • "Paris-New York-Tokyo," Tsukuba Museum of Photography, Tsukuba, Japan; Miyagi Museum of Art, Japan (catalogue) 1985
  • "Variance," MoMA, NYC 1985-1986
  • "American Dreams," Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (catalogue) 1987
  • "The Second Israeli Photography Biennial," Mishkan Le'Omanut, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel (catalogue) 1988
  • "Tradition and Change: Contemporary American Landscape Photography," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX 1988
  • "Photography Now," The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England 1989
  • "Photography Until Now," MoMA, NYC 1989
  • "More Than One Photography," MoMA, NYC 1992
  • "Contemporary American Photography,” Jingshan Tushuguan, Guangzhou, China 1993
  • "Dialogues with Photography: The Monson Collection,” The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle 1994
  • "Recent Acquisitions,” The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. 1994
  • "From Icon to Irony: German and American Industrial Photography," Boston University Art Gallery, Boston 1995
  • “Expanded Visions: the Panoramic Photograph,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts 1998
  • “Pictures of Europe,” DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts 1999
  • "Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene," Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego 2002
  • "A City Seen: Photographs from The George Gund Foundation Collection," The Cleveland Museum of Art 2002
  • “Six from the Seventies,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York 2004
  • “Selektion # 1, Arbeiten in Schwarz/Weiß,” Galerie f5.6, Munich, Germany 2006


  • "The County Courthouse in America," Joseph E. Seagram's & Sons, Inc., Bicentennial Project (book) 1975-1976
  • "American Images," Bell System American Photography (book) 1978
  • 16 photographic murals for Tulsa International Airport 1980-81
  • "Contemporary Texas: A Photographic Portrait," Texas Historical Foundation (book) 1984
  • Photographs for the Mission Photographique de la DATAR, a French government-sponsored agency photographically documenting the French landscape (see Bibliography) 1986-1987
  • Installed 6 new murals at Tulsa International Airport 1988
  • "Linea di Confine della Provincia di Reggio Emilia: Laboratorio di Fotografia 7." Commission from the Province of Reggio Emilia to photograph in the "Parco del Gigante". (Exhibition and catalogue in 1995.) 1994
  • Banhof Ost Basel: Art and Architecture. A commission to collaborate with the architects of a new office complex in Basel,Switzerland, on the design of an interior skylit courtyard. (Unbuilt) 1995-1996
  • George Gund Foundation Annual Report. A commission to Create a body of work on the Lake Erie shoreline. 1997-1998
  • Venezia-Marghera. A commission from the City of Venice to contribute to a project on the transformation of Marghera, the industrial port of Venice. (Book published in 1999-2000.) 1998-1999
  • National Millennium Survey, The College of Santa Fe, New Mexico 1999-2000
  • “Landscapes of Longing: Queens in the 21st Century.” Collaboration with Joel Sternfeld. A commission from Queens College, New York to create a permanent installation of photographs of Queens for Powdermaker Hall, center of the Social Sciences Division. 9 photomurals and 20 small prints each. 2003-2004
  • Commission from Vassar College to create a series of photographs of campus trees. 2006


  • "Prairie Castles," 1/2 hour special for KTCA, Twin Cities Public Television. Produced by Mark Lowry, written and directed by Frank Gohlke and Mark Lowry. 1980


Selected collections[edit]

Gohlke's work is held in the following public collections:


  1. ^ "Interview with Frank Gohlke, with Photo Gallery :". 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Entry for Gohlke, MoMA catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  3. ^ Search results, AIC catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Search results, NGA catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  5. ^ Record, BnF catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Search results, V&A catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Entry for Gohlke, NGC catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Entry for Gohlke, WAC catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Search results for Gohlke, CMA catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Smithsonian American Art Museum presents nationally touring retrospective of acclaimed photographer Frank Gohlke", Smithsonian Institution, November 25, 2008. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  11. ^ Search results, SAAM catalog. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  12. ^ Search results for Gohlke in this search page, ACMMA. Accessed December 8, 2013.
  13. ^ Checklist page, GEH. Accessed December 8, 2013.

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